Reilly facing eu battle on banning of menthol cigarettes · thejournal.ie

A BAN ON menthol cigarettes is being backed by the Irish Government ahead of a meeting of EU health ministers in Luxembourg today.

It’s expected a broad plan to bring in greater tobacco restrictions will be adopted at the meeting even though many member states oppose the proposals, according to the Brussels based

A draft text prepared in Dublin makes some minor adjustments to an original European Commission plan for graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette packs reducing the proposed image from 75% to 70% of the surface, but adding a 1mm black border.

The compromise proposal is expected to have enough support to pass even though several southern and central EU nations oppose it.

Countries including Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic are against the pictorial warning, and they also want a plan to ban menthol tobacco products removed. It’s not thought the group have enough votes to be able to block an agreement.

Speaking earlier this year, Health Minister James Reilly said an EU ban on the flavoured cigarettes was vital to ‘denormalise’ smoking for younger people.

After a meeting of EU ministers in Dublin in March, he said That s what they are trying to attract our children to, particularly young girls.

Any plan agreed will be submitted to the European Parliament for approval, the minister said, with the aim of having it enforced by 2015 or 2016.

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Eu set to regulate e-cigarettes, discouraging smoking

  • Published 18 Dec 2013 at 20.46
  • Online news

BRUSSELS European Union states and lawmakers agreed on Wednesday to regulate the booming e cigarette market and discourage smoking by increasing the size of health warnings on packets.

The sale of increasingly popular e cigarettes will continue to be authorised although countries that classify them as medicinal products will be able to restrict their sale to pharmacies only.

After intensive lobbying from the relatively new electronic cigarette industry, the European Parliament had refused to restrict their sale to pharmacies across the 28 nation bloc.

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